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VPN hacking incident exposes the commercial side of tech journalism

The Curious Case of Ultra Secure VPN
The Curious Case of Ultra Secure VPN

You know when you cannot trust someone, it’s the telltale signs. An app asking for unwarranted permissions or showing you ads on the topics, which you may have once talked or spoken about at some point. Scary, eh?

Yes, we are talking about breaches AKA invasion of privacy. When Facebook was found to be compromising its user data, I quit. Sure they may have held on to my data even after deletion, but what the hell!? I mean, I am not feeding them any more data.

Similarly, when a VPN promises to safeguard your data, it should either deliver or go home. There are enough breaches as it is. Recently, the so-called Ultra Secure VPN stated that a breach that occurred at one of their data centres wasn’t a big deal.

Guess what, as per TechCrunch, it was this breach that led to the VPN provider’s hack. As soon as the hacking news broke, ‘NordVPN hacked’ started trending.

Now, I am not here to talk about what you should do with your privacy. All that I am going to say is that it’s a serious matter. You can either take hold of it or allow data hack by others.

Don’t go thinking that those advertising and spending the most are in any way the champions of privacy. The essence lies in being research-backed and innovative. Many would claim to be such, whereas they are only a handful of VPNs that live up to the said standards.

Several VPNs with their commitment to privacy and security have proven time and again that it’s not (always) the dollars that matter. Sure it’s a business, but in the end, it’s your user. According to Simon Sinek, let your customers know why you do what you do. And this rings true for the following VPNs.

For example, Express VPN, you don’t see them heavily advertising their brand on the web. Although they are much expensive but, people know – their service delivers on the promise of complete anonymity.

Similarly, Ivacy VPN, a veteran in the VPN industry and the pioneer of Split Tunneling feature, offers exceptionally affordable pricing, military-grade encryption, with 4.8/5 consumer trust rating and what not!

Another VPN, CyberGhost. We don’t see them aggressively pushing their visibility on the internet either. Yet its fast speeds and swift server switching speak volumes.

Point being, these VPN providers care for the user experience and want people to benefit from encryption tools that are in place to safeguard their identity. These are easily some of the affordable, bankable, and fastest VPN providers working today.

Oh, and did we say ‘No Browsing Logs’? Unlike some, who think they can buy their way into anything, no matter if the promise of the so-called Ultra Secure VPN turns out to be a total fluke! So much for keeping no logs, yet allowing hackers to have a field day at your data centre. Goes to show the extent they care about customers’ privacy. Then only to come out and exclaim, user data is in no way compromised or at risk. Who’s to say?!?

Now many doubting reviewers’ verdicts at this time are not wrong. As per TechCrunch, it was the industry’s leading websites that recommended the so-called Ultra Secure VPN, saying the provider checked out on all fronts. It not only raises the question on the credibility of these reviewers but also on the so-called Ultra Secure VPN’s transparent dealings.

These publications are renowned industry names, and if they were taken for a ride by some VPN provider then what reason do users have to trust these reviewers? This brings me to journalism ethics. Are these ethics up for sale these days? Is there no remorse for misleading readers? There should be some policy to regulate their journalism tactics.

I think the rule of thumb for these websites is to reign supreme by looking at their commercial side. They want to fill in their pockets. Nobody wants what’s better for the user. Such practices, if not curtailed will lead the cybersecurity industry on a different tangent where the one who spends more benefits the most. This cannot be allowed to last!

For those who value merit-based reviewing, and adhere to journalism best practices, ought to comply with its reporting ethics and must cross the so-called Ultra Secure VPN off their lists. Here I would like to applaud CNET for acting swiftly and for immediately taking down the so-called Ultra Secure VPN provider from their website. There is nothing wrong with making a mistake. What matters is the action you to take to right the wrong.

Written by Maria

A Dreamer. Who also loves to write, focuses primarily on technology but also pays attention and has an interest in writing in multiple domains, i.e: travel, entertainment, shopping, & memes.

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